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Buckeye Bits: Ohio State wants you to wear a mask (and you should), impacts of a conference-only football season, more

All of the latest Ohio State news from around the beat and beyond.

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I’m not gonna lie to you, things have definitely been better. As a large portion of our country continues to ignore the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, our chances for college football being played in the fall have dwindled. At this point, the absolute best case scenario is that Ohio State will get to play its Big Ten schedule, but that would require a drastic change in the country’s approach to handling this virus.

If you won’t listen to me or the countless medical experts across the globe pleading the American people to wear a mask, maybe you’ll listen to the Buckeyes:

Sports are the reward for a functioning society, and I wouldn’t exactly classify our efforts as such at this current moment. We here at Land-Grant Holy Land are going to continue moving forward with the notion that there will be Ohio State football this fall, but just know that it will truly take a nationwide effort to make that a reality.

Now that my little plea to you all is over, let’s get to today’s headlines.

From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Ohio State’s football recruiting has been pretty quiet lately, but this is just what happens when you fill out the majority of your class with top prospects before the summer even begins. There was, however, some notable news on the Buckeye recruiting front on Thursday. A current Florida commit somewhat oddly dropped a top-five schools list, with OSU making the cut, as well as one of the nation’s top offensive lineman picking up steam with the Scarlet and Gray.

In their latest podcast, Tia and Meredith break down all the latest happenings within the sports world as athletics slowly start to make their return. This week, the girls discuss Aaron Craft’s final game of organized basketball in the TBT, the WNBA’s fight for social justice, Stanford’s budget cuts, and much more!

Having now been confirmed by the Big Ten itself, Ohio State will not be traveling to Eugune to take on Oregon this season as the announcement was made on Thursday that the B1G would be moving to a conference-only schedule. It is not entirely clear what the schedule will look like at this time, but the Buckeyes will for sure not be taking on any of its three non-conference foes. The move allows the Big Ten to maintain full control over the scheduling and safety precautions among all of its member institutions.

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From around the gridiron...

  • Here is the part where I again plead with you that if you will not listen to me or any of the smart people in the world that study this stuff, maybe you’ll listen to the Buckeyes:
  • Somebody from Toledo is celebrating a birthday today, and I think he was kind of important.

The guys over at Lettermen Row have been giving their bold predictions each week for the different position groups at Ohio State, and this week they hit on the defensive line. The Buckeyes have a ton of production to replace from last year’s unit, obviously feeling the loss of Chase Young but also needing to fill the void left by a trio of graduated/drafted defensive tackles. They don't seem all too worried about this year’s line, however, as their predictions include Zach Harrison finishing with double-digit sacks and Taron Vincent playing his way into an NFL Draft pick.

Obviously the Buckeyes’ schedule is going to look drastically different than it did a week ago, with Bowling Green, Oregon and Buffalo being taken off the docket. However, outside of the clear removal of planned opponents, what other impacts will this conference-only schedule have on this year’s Ohio State team. Hope breaks down six ways this shortened season will change the dynamic of Ryan Day’s squad, including the lack of glorified preseason games against weaker opponents and a lessened margin for error.

  • Ohio State’s current 2021 commits have been working their butts off to help close out this year’s impressive haul, and they seem pretty confident that more talent is on its way. Five-star RB TreVeyon Henderson is excited, and he explains in the replies to his tweet that some guys are trying to wait things out and take visits. Even still, there seems to be the feeling that there are more big names to be added to the nation’s top class.
  • Now Bama is gonna schedule TWO FCS opponents right before the Iron Bowl each year!
  • Ohio State corners: good. They don't call it DBU for nothing!

From everywhere else...

  • At this time, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith has no plans to cut sports or reduce coaching salaries should the 2020 college football season be cancelled. Brian Turner, an associate professor of sports management at OSU, calls the school’s ability to give over 1,000 student-athletes the opportunity to play college athletics is a “huge point of pride,” and hopes it will not come down to having to cut certain programs to save money.
  • Can I interest you in a little Script Mow-hio? The weed-whacker gets me every time.
  • If you have any friends or family that are somehow STILL anti-mask, please send this to them so they realize how dumb they truly sound.